It was after midnight on New Year’s Day 2003, and 7-year-old Ozvie Harris and his family had one more stop to make before heading home from church. The boy waited in the back seat while his aunt ran into Dr. J’s Liquor on Logan Avenue to buy a fire log.
Then he heard the shots. In an instant, their car was in the middle of a neighborhood gang war.
Ozvie ducked down, then looked over at his 2-year-old cousin next to him. He threw his body over hers to shield her from the 30 bullets piercing the car.
“At the San Diego Police Department and the DA’s Gang unit, Ozvie is something of a legend and a hero,” said deputy District Attorney Robert Hickey.